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Designed by Remington to be a medium bore cartridge well suited for short-barreled carbines, the 6.8 Special Purpose Carbine cartridge delivers more energy than the 5.56 NATO, is highly accurate up to 600 yards, and fits into magazines designed for AR-15-style rifles. Learn More
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  1. Hornady BLACK 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain V-MAX Ammunition


    37 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type V-MAX
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 2570 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 1588 ft lbs
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.55 per round
    • Made by Hornady
  2. Hornady 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 120 Grain SST Ammunition


    24 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type SST
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 2460 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 1612 ft lbs
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.6 per round
    • Made by Hornady

History of 6.8 SPC Ammo

Remington designed their 6.8mm Special Purpose Cartridge (SPC) to have improved terminal performance over the 5.56mm NATO, which is the cartridge currently used by the U.S. military. Specifically designed to perform better when fired from carbines and Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), Remington collaborated with special ops troops and the Army Marksmanship Unit to develop the 6.8 SPC. Development began in 2002, and field trials took place in 2004. The military did not adopt the cartridge, but field trials did show an interest in returning to a larger caliber rifle for applications other than sniping.

Based on a .30 Remington rimless bottleneck case, the 6.8mm SPC has been necked down to take a 0.277" diameter bullet. Bullet weights range between 85 and 140 grains, with the 115 grain bullet being the most common. It was this bullet with a Full Metal Jacket that military trials demonstrated to have the best combination of reach and lethality. The 6.8 SPC handily outperforms the 5.56 NATO and 7.62x39, with over 1,000 foot pounds of energy persisting at 300 yards and an accuracy of one MOA still being found beyond 600 yards.

Other advantages of this cartridge include the fact that it fits into a magazine designed for AR-15 type rifles, operating pressures are lower than the 5.56 NATO, and the trajectory is comparable to the flat-shooting 7.62x51mm NATO. To fire this cartridge in an AR-style rifle, all that is required is changing the bolt, barrel and magazine. In M4-style rifles, the 6.8mm SPC cartridge delivers 44% more energy at ranges up to 300 yards than a bullet from the 5.56mm NATO. An interesting fact that speaks to the success of the design of this cartridge is that barrel length only has a limited affect on projectile velocity, and very little apparent difference in accuracy.

While not likely to replace the 5.56 NATO for military use in the near future, the 6.8 SPC has been gaining a following in the civilian market. Thanks to its effective range as far out as 300 yards (even when fired from an AR-style rifle with a 16-inch barrel), it is especially popular among hunters of deer and feral hogs. Ammunition manufacturers are meeting the demand for this cartridge by producing their most advanced bullets for the 6.8 SPC – including Federal's Fusion bullet and Hornady's V-Max bullet.

Law Enforcement agencies are considering the Remington 6.8mm SPC as a new cartridge for their duty rifles, the majority of which are chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO. Perhaps most notably, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has been permitting its agents to buy and use AR-style rifles chambered in 6.8mm SPC.

6.8 SPC Ballistics: Chart of Average 6.8 SPC Ballistics

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is for informational purposes only. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

6.8 SPC Bullet WEIGHT Muzzle VELOCITY (fps) Muzzle ENERGY (ft. lbs.) TRAJECTORY (in.)
  Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds.
90 Grain 2840 2444 2083 1756 1469 1611 1194 867 616 431 2.2 0 -3.9 -32
110 Grain 2570 2338 2118 1910 1716 1613 1335 1095 891 719 2.4 0 -6.3 -20.8
115 Grain 2775 2472 2190 1926 1683 1966 1561 1224 947 723 2.1 0 -3.7 -9.4
120 Grain 2460 2250 2051 1863 1687 1612 1349 1121 925 758 2.3 0 -10.5 -31.1
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Customer Reviews

  • Ava8Harrierusmc1 said:

    Was looking for Silver State but they went out of business go I bought this ammo and boy am I glad I bought Hornady. I bought 2250 rounds of it for some reason, and I still have about 1800 left and in these times, I am glad I done so this a great all-around ammo hunting home defense and just doing some target practice. I was glad to read law enforcement is thinking about using this round. Bad guys look out is all I have to say!

  • jeager said:

    All 6.8 s.p.c. is more expensive than 5.56/.223 but it's a hunting round. I practice with my Ar 5.56 rifles. Excellent performance.

  • Daytoniscute said:

    I bought this and it won't cycle my rifle (AR style) contacted both Ammo.com and Sellier & Bellot fed me a line of BS now I have 60 rounds of paperweight ammo. Both companies failed in my opinion. Terrible customer service.

  • Wild Bill said:

    I use Sellier & Bellot 6.8 SPC at 100/200/300 yards with very good groups My brother users Hornady V-MAX with good groups using my Sellier & Bellot his groups better Yes we all use Sellier & Bellot 6.8SPC Ammo THANKS